The Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association’s 26th Annual Show

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452 County Road 33, Bluff ton, Ohio 45817

Once more the sounds of days gone by echoed through the Old Mill
Stream Fairgrounds in Findlay, Ohio, for four days July 31 through
August 3, 1997. The sounds of saw-milling, tractor pulls,
threshing, and hit and miss engines were everywhere. We had the
type of weather for the week that could only have been

There were ten steamers on display, with each taking its turn at
the sawmill, thresher, and Baker fan. The smell and sounds of the
steamers hinted at the memories of work and power and a bygone way
of life that unfortunately, we cannot all experience. The wail of
the whistles were a reminder that we shouldn’t underestimate
abilities of these engines to work, if they were to be once more
called upon to pull the load, or work the fields, and retake their
place as the king of power in the fields of America.

There were 360 gas tractors of a wide variety of brands, with an
emphasis on Ohio built equipment. The tractors put on a fine show,
working under the load of the pulling sled, the shingle and
sawmill. The parade of equipment on Saturday gave all the tractors
and steamers the chance to show off their colors.

Some folks and their tractors entertained spectators with a
tractor square dance. It’s called just like any square dance,
only the tractors were the focus of attention. What a sight, seeing
the tractors move in unison to the direction of the caller.
It’s also a testimonial to the folks who are behind the wheel,
and their abilities to maneuver the machines.

The engine area was just bulging at the seams with over 545
engines on display shelling and grinding corn, pumping water,
crushing pop cans. This year’s feature engine was Briggs &
Stratton with many rare and unusual models on display. One trailer
alone held 35 engines. With new quartz halogen lights, the engine
area was lit up like day and spectators stayed to visit and admire
the iron art of the past, long after dark had settled on other
areas of the show. There were many unusual items to be found for
sale in the exhibit area. It’s fun to bring along a little
something to sell from your display area, or to take to the Trading
Post and consign it.

And, the ladies were not forgotten either, with one large
building dedicated to the display, demonstration, and sales of all
kinds of crafts. Classes were even going on for those who wanted to
try their hand at making anything that caught their interest. There
was a quilt and other items raffled off, too. And then outside,
there were the largest number of flea markets in the Hancock County
area. Everything from tools and jewelry to music and antiques were
being offered for sale. You could spend a day on just the

The Van Buren FFA put on a toy show and sale with every kind of
toy tractor and piece of equipment offered for sale or viewing. The
toys make a wonderful item to use in the house or shop, to bring
color into and liven up your life. Thanks for the wonderful
addition to our show, guys!

And talk about food! There was so much to sample it wasn’t
possible to try it all in the four days of the show. Everything
from cotton candy to lemonade and homemade ice cream made in the
old style churns driven by gas engines. Full breakfasts and meals
were also being served. All the fair-type foods were available, as
well all four days of the show. There was musical entertainment,
Country and Western, Gospel and a variety. For the youngsters,
kiddie pulls and kiddie trains kept them out of trouble. And, if
you didn’t want to walk all the way from one side of the park
to the other, the shuttles were on the go being pulled by antique
tractors and teams of horses.

Next year’s show feature will be Massey-Harris tractors and
engines and all related equipment. Mark your Show Directory, and
plan to attend. The 1998 show date is July 30-31 and August

All those who are involved in the organization and operation of
the show wish to thank everyone who makes this event possible.
Without everyone’s cooperation, hard work and dedication to the
hobby, we couldn’t have the fun we all enjoy.

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